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Isaiah 9:18-10:4, Parenting: Not for Wimps

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Ah, you who make iniquitous decrees, who write oppressive statutes, to turn aside the needy from justice and to rob the poor of my people of their right, that widows may be your spoil, and that you may make the orphans your prey! What will you do on the day of punishment, in the calamity that will come from far away?
— Isaiah 10:1-3a

RCL Daily Devotion for Friday, August 9, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by R. Fergus Moir from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

God gets angry a lot in the Old Testament. I’m no fan of the punishment or warrior God language in the Bible, if I’m honest, but I have to acknowledge that we, as a people, from the beginning of time, are pretty infuriating. God has been nothing but good to us, and has put forth clear and simple guidelines for how to live together in harmony with one another. But do we listen? No. We “turn aside the needy from justice and rob the poor of their right.”

As a parent, I have been often flabbergasted by my children’s seeming inability to make good choices—not just things they should do because it makes my life easier (although that’s nice), but things they should do because it makes their lives easier! I got infuriated a lot.

God is more gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love than I am. I wonder if God spoke such harsh words through the prophets because the people simply would not respond to any other language. I don’t know. I’m not God. But I am a parent, and if God is the ultimate parent of all of humanity…I kind of feel God’s pain.

Mothering God, have mercy on me for all the pain I have caused you. Amen.


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